This page provides elementary professional development (PD) resources to support districts, schools, grade level teams, and/or professional learning communities. Once you assess the needs and determine the goals of participants, find the session that best meets those needs/goals. Adapt, tweak, and modify the session to support your professional development. If you have any questions about a PD sessions please contact

Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematics Success for All
This Professional Development focuses on the NCTM's publication "Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematics Success for All." Learn what actions are required to ensure that all students learn to become mathematical thinkers and are prepared for any academic career or professional path that they choose. Principles to Actions, sets forth a set of strongly recommended, research-informed actions for all teachers, coaches, and specialist in mathematics.
PowerPoint and all handouts are included for your convenience.

One-Day Training:
Overview of Teaching Practices Powerpoint

Two-Day Training:
Day 1 Powerpoint
Day 2 Powerpoint

Teacher Beliefs Survey
Comparison of Math Practices and Teaching Practices
Eight Essential Math Teaching Practices Chart
Eight Essential Math Teaching Practices Keyword Chart
Levels of Demand Chart
Cognitive Demand Sort
Types of Questions-Headers
Types of Questions-Cards
Focusing vs. Funneling
Band Task Scenario
Band Task Student Work
Station Rotation Cards
Teaching Practices Cards
Half of a Whole Task
Shape Handout
Half of a Whole Video Transcript
Geoboard paper
Fraction and Number Line Sort Cards
Fraction Handout
Fraction Coherence
PLC Reading Guide

The EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) Rubric (K-12)
The EQuIP rubric is a tool designed to identify high-quality materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The objectives of the training are two-fold: 1) Increase the number of high quality lessons and units aligned to the CCSS and 2) Build the capacity of educators to evaluate and improve the quality of instructional materials for use in their classrooms and schools This professional development will allow participants an opportunity to learn and use the rubric so that they can implement in their schools and districts.
If you are looking to get resources for you school this is a great tool to use!
PowerPoint and all handouts are included for your convenience.

2014 Fall Regional ppt-EQuIP Rubric
EQuIP Math Rubric
Quality Review Steps
Feedback Sheet -EQuIP Quality Review Process
Lesson 1:
2-Digit Array Multiplication
Array Examples
Array without Factors
Favorite No
Independent Practice
Independent Practice Answer Key 00000000
Summative Assessment
Summative Assessment Answer Key
EQuIP Feedback
Lesson 2:
Adding a Two Digit and 1 Digit Number 00000
EQuIP Feedback
Lesson 3:
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Ant Hill Handout 1
Ant Hill Handout 2

Getting Ready: Putting Mathematics into Context (K-5)
Preparing students for assessments, revisit your EOG scores, what do you notice? Explore strategies to build a deep understanding of math concepts and to improve student mathematical thinking. The mathematical context focus of this session is on K-5 fractions.
*Handouts include Considering How to Best Prepare Students to Take Mathematics Assessment” and Release EOG Items with percentages of student responses.
PowerPoint and all handouts are included for your convenience.

Testing-Goal Summaries.pdf
Geoboard Paper.docx
Fraction Sort Cards.docx
Third Grade EOG items.docx
Fourth Grade EOG items.docx
Fifth Grade EOG items.docx
Test Preparation.pdf
Building Fluency Through Games.pdf

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Putting the Mathematical Practices into Action (K-5)
This professional development helps to build understand of the Standards for Mathematical Practices. Is the correct answer the ultimate goal of mathematics or do we expect a greater level of competence? The goal is to apply, communicate, make connections, and reason about math content rather than simply compute. Explore effective strategies for implementing the Standards into your classroom instruction.
PowerPoint and all handouts are included for your convenience.

Putting the Mathematical Practices Into Action (ppt)
Agree or Disagree
Cat Tangram
Eliminate It Cards
Pinch Card
Problem Types
Sort and Label Cards
Traditional vs. Rich Task Cards

What’s the Problem? (K-12)
This professional development provides strategies teachers can utilize to increase students’ complex level thinking. It connects strategies for a thoughtful classroom to the Standards for Mathematical Practices. Participants will discuss the problems in math, then think about why change is necessary before they explore activities “Creating Active Thinkers”. Do you value active thinking in your classroom?
PowerPoint is included for your convenience.

Creating Active Thinkers

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Teaching for Understanding (K-12)
In mathematics the answer is part of the process, not the product. The product is the student’s mathematical knowledge and know-how. The correctness of the solution is important and part of the process. Hear what Mathematician Dr. Phil Daro has to say about “answer getting” vs. “learning mathematics”. This professional development focuses on Modeling in Mathematics and Levels of Learning. Be sure and check out the Butterfly Fraction Video clip!
PowerPoint and all handouts are included for your convenience.

Spring 2013 K-12 ppt
To B or not to B
Dr. Phil Daro
Butterfly Fractions
Math Problems
Matching Task

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Accessible Mathematics: 10 Instructional Shifts that Raise Student Achievement by Steve Leinwand
The most powerful influence on students’ learning is the quality of the teacher. When thinking about professional development in your school or district, look at the research. What instructional shifts can be made to raise student achievement in your school or district?

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Fall 2012 K-12 Regional PD
Summer Institutes
Major Work of the CCSS-M
Phi Delta Kappa Research Bulletin
McRel Insights PD Analysis
"It's Instruction Stupid"
Additional Steve Leinwand Presentations
Accessible Mathematics Book Study.doc X
Singapore Math
Zurkle Reflection
Zurkle Word Cards
Zurkle Word Cards with Numbers
A New Language Document
Elementary Math Problem Set

Knowing the Shifts: Focus, Coherence, and Rigor (K-5, Two Day PD)
Understanding how the three shifts address these four questions:
  1. What do we want students to know and be able to do?
  2. How can we ensure that all children have the opportunity to learn?
  3. What do you do if they don’t know it?
  4. What do you do if they know it?

Take a look at your resources, do they provide effective instructional tasks?
PowerPoint and all handouts are included for your convenience.

Day One SI ppt
Connecting to Serve All Quick Reference
Math Shifts
Review of District Materials
Major Work Questions
1-inch grid paper
cm grid paper
Exploration Stations
Bull's Eye Recording Sheet
Counting Boards
Double Digit
Fraction Pairs
Hundreds Board Wonders
Hundreds Board Card

Day Two SI ppt
The Structure is the Standard
Shift Two-Coherence
Fraction Coherence
Shift Three-Rigor

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Mathematical Practices, Good Tasks, K-2 Place Value, and 3-5 Multiplication & Division

This professional development session focuses on how the Standards for Mathematical Practice require better instruction, what makes a good task, K-2 place value and 3-5 multiplication and division.
PowerPoint and all handouts are included for your convenience.

K-5 Practices
K-5 Practices with notes

K-2 Place Value
K-2 Place Value with notes
Misha's Task
Features of a Good Task
Place Value Student Examples

Exploration Stations
Place Value Recording Sheet 1
Place Value Recording Sheet 2
Building Stacks
Lots of Lines Cards
Paper Shapes
Ten Frames

3-5 Multiplication
3-5 Multiplication with notes
3-5 Handouts

Additional Professional Development opportunities can be found on the Elementary Webinars page.

Webinars include:
  • Frequently Asked Questions About the K-2 Mathematics Assessments
  • Calculators in the Elementary Classroom
  • Ready, Set, Review for Mathematics
  • Computational Fluency, Algorithms, and Mathematical Proficiency
  • K-2 Mathematics Hot Topics: Assessment and Calendar Time
  • Reading and Writing in Math